Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
the news 4 live desk. we want to update you on the abduction of richard engel. he's now free and safe. we have new video just into the news 4 newsroom. this is richard engel being released after being kidnapped in syria. he was freed following a firefight at a checkpoint on monday. nbc news saying this morning that he was kidnapped by unidentified captors. he was held for five days along with his nbc news crew. of course, richard engel, one of our top journalists. nbc news chief foreign correspondent. what we're told from him is that he was actually crossing from syria into turkey when they were abducted. they were thrown into a truck and blindfolded and held at an undisclosed locationment engel coming out and saying thank you to everyone, these have been tough days and he's going to speak in the days ahead. i'm angie goff at the news 4 live desk. back to you. >> angie, thank you. he's no santa claus but a man in san francisco had to be rescued after he got stuck in a chimney. it happened early monday morning. he was stuck in the chimney of his apartment building which is seven storie
Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
goff. >>> reports that nbc news richard engel was missing surfaced online. this is what the statement says. after being kidnapped and held for five days inside syria by an unknown group, nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. we're pleased to report, they are safely out of the country. some websites earlier reported engel was missing after turkish media filed reports that the u.s. journalist along with a turkish journalist that he usually travels with and works a lot with disappeared on thursday. so some comforting news early on this tuesday. back to you. >> angie goff live for us with that breaking news. angie, thank you. >>> the time right now is 4:54. coming up, a 13-year-old girl gets her wish had her fight for equality. one toy at a time. how the makers of the easy-bake oven are making changes. >> w did you get chips for the party? nope. cheese plate? cheese plate...nope. i made something better. ♪ you used the oven? boom ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea.
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
. since we first reported about the kidnapping of richard engel, we've learned new details. nbc news saying that the chief foreign correspondent along with his crew was freed from his captors in syria. engel was kidnapped and held for five days and eventually freed in syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on monday. nbc news has come out and said we're pleased to report they are safely out of the country. the captors were unidentified and were not believed to be assad loyalists. they didn't ask for money or a ransom of any kind. engel and his crew, this is new background information we got, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest syria from turkey on thursday. we're being told he was abducted, the crew was blindfolded, they were tossed in the back of a truck and brought to an undisclosed location. the good news is they're saying that no one was physically harmed. the network did not have contact actually with engel or any members of his crew until he was freed on monday. that's the latest. now back to you. >> breaking news here at home. police in prince george's county cu